Let's be honest- the point of an undergraduate degree is to gain the necessary skills and experience to be marketable for a desirable job in the future. What if corporations who wished to focus hiring on youthful, entry-level talent subsidized higher education costs through scholastic workforce partnerships to gain an inside edge on hiring the same young professionals when they graduate?
To understand value of a college degree to both employees and employers, here are the key needs of both parties in the process:
1) College students desire a degree that shows diligence and skills from coursework to show prospective employers they can bring value to the business.
2) Employers desire talented college graduates with these necessary skills to bring youthful energy and different perspectives to generate profitable solutions for their company.
The companies described in my second point can close this gap by subsidizing the necessary degrees from my first point through scholarships for students who are college sophomores, freshmen, or even high school seniors that display prospective skills that match company needs.
These programs act as future investments from a company perspective- by gaining the partnerships of talented college students through funding higher-ed, the companies provide college funding, then internships, then full-time offers as the students progress through college years.